People & Diverse Culture

People & Diverse Culture

Trinidad & Tobago's cosmopolitan population of 1.4 million people is its greatest resource

Quick Facts

Globally Competitive Workforce


Trinidad and Tobago competes on a global scale with a highly skilled workforce of approximately 639,200 persons who speak native English.


Education is a prime focus of the country’s development strategy which has a well-developed educational system. Secondary level and university graduates (7,600 annually) provide ready access to a pool of skilled, trained and trainable candidates in a broad spectrum of disciplines.

There are over 141 secondary schools and over 483 primary schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

Well-developed human resource base

A high percentage of the workforce includes professionals with postgraduate qualifications. Specializations are abundant in legal, administrative, information technology and general management, as well as STEM qualifications. Industry specific skills are also readily available.


Trinidad and Tobago’s diverse population trace their history from Africa, India, China, the Middle East and Europe. Fondly known as the 'melting pot' of the Caribbean, our diversity manifests itself in our cuisine, music, religions, cultural traditions and events.

Breakdown of Workforce by Occupation

Workforce by OccupationNumber of Workers
Not Stated2100
Legislators, senior officials and managers63800
Technicians and associate professionals78000
Service workers (including defence force) and shop sales workers97900
Agricultural, forestry and fishery workers11900
Craft and related workers102700
Plant and machinery operator and assemblers58500
Elementary occupations124000
Source: Central Statistical Office,, as at 14/09/2016

Wages and Salaries

Minimum wages are set by the Minimum Wages Act. Normal working hours are 8 hours per day 5 days per week, inclusive of meal break and rest period.

Compensation varies according to the industrial sector. Other fringe benefits such as health insurance, meals, travel allowances and bonuses may also apply.

  • Average wage earnings for high level occupation groupings - US$60,000 per annum

  • Minimum wage - TT$15.00 per hour (approx. US$2.22)

Breakdown of Workforce by Industry

Workforce by IndustryNumber of workers
Sugar (cultivation and manufacture)0
Other agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing18800
Petroleum and gas, and service contractors including production, refining15600
Other mining and quarrying1600
Other manufacturing (excluding sugar and oil)51600
Electricity and water8900
Wholesale and retail trade, restaurants and hotels121700
Transport, storage and communication49200
Financing, insurance, real estare and business services58700
Community, social and personal services206400
Not stated1800
Source: Central Statistical Office,, as at 14/09/2016

Enjoy our diverse culture


The diverse cultural and religious backgrounds of the people allow for many festivities and ceremonies throughout the year. Famous for its pre-Lenten celebration - Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, described by those who have experienced it as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, is a festival bursting with vivid colour, exquisite costumes, calypso music and the pulsating steelbands.

Indigenous art forms

Indigenous art forms include soca (a derivative of calypso), parang (Venezuelan-influenced Christmas music), local East Indian ‘chutney’ music and the famous African limbo dance. Popular local artistes such as Machel Montano, David Rudder, Bunji and Liam Teague have also received international recognition.

Local artists and the performing arts

There are several art galleries in Port of Spain that feature the works of well-known local artists such as Leroy Clarke, Jackie Hinkson and Boscoe Holder. Also, the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) is a permanent home for the development of the country’s performing arts and ensures that music, theatre and dance art forms continue to thrive in Trinidad and Tobago

Official Public Holidays in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its cultural diversity by celebrating a wide range of public holidays. These holidays are authorized by law and may limit work as well as official business.  Therefore, all government offices, banks, and most businesses are closed on public holidays. Below is a list of public holidays for 2018. 


  • New Year's Day

    January 1
  • *Carnival Monday & Tuesday

    March 4 & 5 (Not official public holidays)
  • Good Friday & Easter Monday

    19 & 22 April
  • Spritual Baptist Day

    March 30
  • Indian Arrival Day

    May 30
  • Corpus Christi

    June 20
  • Eid Al Fitr

    June 5 (To be determined)
  • Labour Day

    June 19
  • Emancipation Day

    August 1
  • Independence Day

    August 31
  • Republic Day

    September 24
  • Diwali

    October 27 (To be determined)
  • Christmas Day

    December 25
  • Boxing Day

    December 26


  • At the discretion of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, any other date may also be declared a public holiday.

  • Good Friday and Easter Monday are observed as public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago. However since they are determined by the Christian calendar, the date for each public holiday varies from year to year

  • Most businesses are closed on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, even though these days are not public holidays.

  • The Muslim festival of Eid–ul–Fitr and the Hindu Festival of Divali are observed as public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago. However, since they are determined by the respective Muslim and Hindu religious organisations, the calendar date for each public holiday varies from year to year. These dates are usually announced one to two weeks prior to their observance each year. Divali is usually celebrated in October or November of each year.

  • When a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday immediately following. When two public holidays fall on the same day, the following day is also given as a public holiday

Source: TTConnect



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